You’ve invested in the instruments needed for your indoor music venue project. You have also ordered for a brand new laptop, a new microphone and audio interface. And you’ve chosen the garage as the site where you will have your home studio. But you’re still in the process of building it.
So how will you go about it? Here are the ways to do so:
- Clear the Room
Whether you are setting up the studio in the garage, or in your brother’s old room, you will have to clear everything in it. That means you will have to clear off all floor space, remove anything that vibrates, and take everything off the walls.
- Add Acoustic Treatment
Adding acoustic treatment to your home studio requires you to make certain purchases like diffusers, acoustic panels, and bass traps. The last two are very important, as acoustic panels can prevent sound waves from bouncing off hard surfaces, and absorbing sound waves. Meanwhile, bass traps control low frequencies giving you with a better sounding music venue.
Should you have carpet for your home studio’s flooring? The truth is that audio experts aren’t really high on carpets because it can negatively affect room acoustics. On the practical side, carpet will wear out quickly as studios get lots of foot traffic.
As such, you can settle with concrete, tile, or hardwood for the flooring of your home studio.
If you think that you really need a carpet for your drum kit, you can instead lay down an area rug.
- Mount Power and Lighting Cables
You may think that power and lighting cables should be placed behind the plaster walls. However, doing so can destroy your soundproofing. It is more ideal to have all the power cables mounted using conduit. You may also build another area for lights and power using timber and plasterboard. Its important to hire an electrician to take care of this kind of stuff. I suggest Transfer Electric, their website is http://www.bestelectriciantoronto.ca/.
- Placing Your Gear
You should have two areas set up—a recording area for the musician, and a mixing area for the sound engineer.
For the recording area, you need to have a mic stand, a chair, mic, and electronic instruments. You are free to arrange your gear like audio interface and computer the way you like it. But for the studio monitor, it should point directly toward your head.
Now that you’ve learned how to set up a home studio, why don’t you start working on your indoor music venue project?